Day: March 3, 2014

Lady Celts in hunt for tourney title

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  If there’s one lesson the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team took away from its 90-40 win over Sprague High School, it was this: it’s good to have goals. “We had a goal of getting 80 points when we got in and we made it to 90. We were so set on getting that goal,” said senior Ashlee Koenig. Five McNary players made it to double-digits in the outing Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Lady Celts were led by Cammie Decker’s 17 points that included four three-pointers. McNary never scored less than 21 points in any quarter, leaving little mystery as to what the outcome would be after the first quarter. “Our shots were dropping and we communicated really well. It was the first time that we ran our plays well,” said Lady Celt Baili Keeton, the team’s other senior. “Sometimes we get caught off guard when a team isn’t at our level, but this time we did a good job of keeping our focus.” Behind Decker, Koenig had 13 points, Sydney Hunter and Kaelie Flores had 12 apiece, Madi Hingston had 10, Reina Strand had eight, Emma Jones put in six, Keeton had five and Jaylene Montano had two. The win over Sprague advanced the Celtics to the second round of the Central Valley Conference tournament to decide seeding headed...

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Progress made in Rawlins-city case

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An agreement between city leaders and attorneys for the Rawlins family could be coming soon. The battle regarding 16 acres of land in Keizer Station owned by Timm and Linda Rawlins has been going on for nearly a decade, as mentioned in recent Keizertimes articles. According to a recent timeline from Keizer city attorney Shannon Johnson, the Rawlinses purchased the property in question for $139,500 in 1994. In 2008, the city imposed a Local Improvement District (LID) fee of $6.7 million on the property. Developer Chuck Sides with Northwest National LLC made LID payments to the city on behalf of the Rawlinses until the summer of 2010. Sides said last week he was also making rent payments for the properties to the Rawlinses “until last month.” Due to the lack of LID payments, city officials initiated foreclosure proceedings on the properties last year. The issue has been in court since then, while the Rawlinses also contacted state legislators to initiate proposed new legislation – specifically, House Bill 4017 – to address the situation. A summary judgment is expected to be issued in Marion County Circuit Court on March 10. Lonn Johnston, attorney for the Rawlins family, said progress is being made. “I can’t give a comment on any terms,” Johnston told the Keizertimes on Tuesday. “I haven’t seen any form of agreement. We...

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